Winner 1998

Performance Today

National Public Radio

For 12 years, Performance Today has entertained and educated listeners about an increasingly neglected musical genre—classical music. The show, a mainstay of National Public Radio’s schedule, airs daily and features performances by well-known and emerging performers and world-class orchestras. Performance Today also includes insightful commentary and useful news and information about classical music, brought to listeners by host Martin Goldsmith. Mr. Goldsmith maintains an informal yet serious approach to his subject, with the intention of not only entertaining listeners, but informing them as well. During the course of a typical show, he meets with and interviews musicians, introduces classical music terminology and talks about the classical music repertoire. During its tenure on NPR, Performance Today has become public radio’s most-listened-to classical music program, reaching more than a million people each week on more than 200 radio stations. Under the direction of executive producer Don Lee, senior producer for music and special projects Benjamin Roe, and music producer Mark Mobley, the program has consistently provided its listeners with an entertaining and enlightening hour. For more than a decade of outstanding radio entertainment, a Peabody Award to National Public Radio for Performance Today.